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The Quick 1: 1 Moment in Internet Censorship

Yesterday's Quick 10 looked at memorable moments in music censorship. Last night, our legendary intern Andréa Fernandes informed me of another incident of censorship closer to home:

A friend of mine always visited our site while he was bored at work over the summer. But upon returning to work during Christmas break, he discovered mental_floss had been blocked. When he asked a coworker why it had been blocked, the coworker replied, "Too many people spent too much time on that site, so the VP caught on and blocked it."

This doesn't bode well for our traffic stats. The bored at work crowd is a key demographic. Besides the obvious porn & gambling examples, are there any unexpected sites banned in your office?

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead
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Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]

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